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Browse our growing collection of Golden Isles articles, with lots of interesting and informative topics and events covering coastal Georgia.


Diamondback Terrapins in the Golden Isles
This turtle species is named for the diamond pattern on top of their shell, but the overall pattern and coloration varies greatly between individuals. Their shell coloring can range from olive brown to grey to black, and their body color can be grey to white. (More...)
The Story of Great Dunes Golf Course - A Walter Travis Masterpiece
In 1910, Travis recommended Karl Keffer as the Golf Pro for the Jekyll Island Club. Keffer won the Canadian Open in 1909 and 1914, one of only two Canadians to ever do so. It was likely Keffer who oversaw the creation of Jekyll’s first "holes in the dunes" in 1913. This began a period of course construction along the ocean... (More...)
Gateway To The Golden Isles: A New Publication for the Georgia Coast
We launched the inaugural issue of our printed, monthly publication, Gateway To The Golden Isles, in May, 2009, to complement the online version; but more than that, it achieves a result only possible with something you can hold in your hands. It’s a way to bring the Georgia coast to life... (More...)
Jazz in the Park Offers Live Entertainment...And Fun!
Jazz in the Park, the popular summertime outdoor concert series presented by the Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association (GIAHA), marks a milestone this year, celebrating its 20th anniversary! (More...)
The Golden Isles, A Target Rich Environment
Painter, George Netherton and metal sculptor, Tyler Dominey feel the Golden Isles are a target rich, inspirational environment for natural light and beauty. These talented artists will be showcasing their inspired works in an upcoming exhibit sponsored by the Jekyll Island Arts Association. (More...)
Ashantilly Center Fundraiser
On April 18, the Ashantilly Center held its biggest event of the year: a Scottish ceilidh (Scottish party), opening with a whiskey tasting event followed by the popular Celtic band, Rathkeltair. (More...)
Jekyll Island Garden Club Quest for Beauty
Members of the Jekyll Island Garden Club share their love of gardening, native trees, wild flowers, birds and wildlife. They work with the Jekyll Island Authority on a variety of projects to further enhance the beauty of the island and historic district. (More...)
Artist Sarah Buell Dowling
Sarah uses color and light to illuminate the subjects of her paintings. She particularly enjoys painting shore birds. Most recently, her painting of a preening egret won an outstanding achievement award at the 2005 Member’s Exhibition of the Georgia Watercolor Society. (More...)
Jekyll Island Club Hotel Chef Abigail Hutchinson Invited to National Press Club Gala
Five celebrity chefs shared the spotlight at a gala dinner in April at the Fourth Estate Restaurant, National Press Club, Washington, DC. Each contributed one course to a five-course wine dinner along with tips and techniques for gourmet cooking. Executive Chef Abigail Hutchinson of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel was asked to prepare the entrée for the occasion. (More...)
Toothaches, Sweets and Swallowtails
Two trees, one a native and the other a sweet smelling exotic, host the voracious caterpillars of Jekyll Island’s largest butterfly, the Giant Swallowtail. Toothache Tree, Zanthoxylum americanum, grows wild on Jekyll Island in the dunes, on spoil piles, along the causeway, and at the river’s edge—some of the most severe habitats on the island. (More...)
Darien, Georgia, Trailhead Opens
Goals include protecting the environment, providing local residents and visitors better access to the Cathead River, promoting eco-tourism, and showcasing Darien’s rich history and the coastal marsh ecosystem. (More...)
Mother Nature Festival A Big Success
According to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center website, over 550 guests attended. The Festival drew families and children of all ages who took part in earth-friendly arts, crafts and games on the GSTC grounds. (More...)
Summer Waves Water Park Opens
Summer Waves Water Park is a 15 acre water park on Jekyll Island, GA offering over 1 million gallons of cool, clear, splashing fun. The park offers six mind-blowing water slides, the Frantic Atlantic wave pool, a kiddie play zone, Splash Zone, and the Turtle Creek Lazy River. (More...)
The Portrait of a Politician
Jekyll Island was named in 1734 by General James Edward Oglethorpe, founder of the Georgia colony, in honor of Sir Joseph Jekyll. In naming Jekyll Island after him, Oglethorpe flattered a man with both money and influence. Jekyll would lose some of this influence with the public towards the end of his career, however. (More...)
Facts About Brunswick, Georgia
Brunswick is a city in the U.S. state of Georgia and the seat of Glynn County. The municipality is located in southeastern Georgia on a harbor on the eastern shore of Oglethorpe Bay, approximately 30 miles north of Florida. (More...)
Facts About Sea Island, Georgia
Sea Island is an isolated resort island located in what are called the "barrier islands" just off the Atlantic coast of southern Georgia in the United States. The resort complex is located in an unincorporated part of Glynn County. (More...)
Facts About St. Simons Island, Georgia
St. Simons Island (also known as Saint Simons) is one of Georgia's renowned Golden Isles (along with Sea Island, Jekyll Island, and Little St. Simons Island). It is also the largest of the Golden Isles. The town is a resort community and has many seasonal residents, as well as a steady base of year-round residents. (More...)
Facts about Jekyll Island, Georgia
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The American Alligator
Discover the life history of the American Alligator, a denizen of the swamps and marshes of coastal Georgia and the Golden Isles. (More...)
Darien, Georgia, Place Where the Term "Golden Isles" Originated
Darien is located along the Georgia Atlantic Coast and Altamaha Scenic Byway, surrounded by one of the most important tidal estuarine environments in the world. If you love being near water, a mild climate, history, nature, panoramic views and clean air, with great access to shopping and services, you'll love what Darien has to offer. (More...)

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